Sunday, September 20, 2009

Food For Thought: Online Book Discussion

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Food For Thought: Topic for Discussion Week of September 21, 2009

Has Pollan changed the way you think about food? If so, how?

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Blogger UW Libraries said...

I worked in restaurants that served natural/whole/local foods while it was still kind of a fringe thing, and for most of my life I have eaten this way. It is hard to reconcile with the need to feed a family on a budget -- when money is tight (usually) starches are cheaper. We never eat out and cook everything from scratch, and it is still difficult to afford eating in the manner Pollan suggests. If anything, reading the book has increased my anxiety and anger about this issue. So it hasn't changed the way I personally eat, but it has raised new questions about why things are this way.

September 21, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
Anonymous jason said...

Michael Pollan's book is amazing. I have worked in food processing plants before and had my eyes opened considerably in regards to how foods have been reengineered. If you are were a fan of this book there was a documentary i recently watched called "Food Inc." that talks about some of these issues with Michael Pollan in it and another book i read a few years ago called "Fast Food Nation"

November 10, 2010 at 8:10 PM  

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